Remember fold-ins? Popularized by Mad Magazine, a richly illustrated cartoon of one thing would ostensibly turn into something entirely different after folding the page left and back so that “A meets B.” Eli Craven employs a similar technique with his project “Screen Lovers,” to R-rated effect. The images are taken from a book with the same namewith stills of old Hollywood love scenes. In original form, the pictures might be sensual, but Craven magnifies the sexual undertones of the image by melding different photographs together.
With the use of strategic folds, faces are obscured, leaving tangled limbs and the suggestive positioning of other body parts. Today is recognized as Lovers’ Day in Spain. If you find yourself in need of more inspiration on how to celebrate the occasion, it can be found on Eli Craven’s website.